With compulsory redundancies on their way, should commonwealth soldiers be reduced first?
However if there are cuts to be made I have an inkling that our Nepalese cousins should be looking nervously over their shoulders.
Old JoLum may have helped the veterans but she has made them a target for cost cutting.
Actually has she not made it just as costly to get rid of them?
Individually, yes. As a Bn etc, she has made them just as costly to keep.
More costly actually. MoD has to fund the flights back to Nepal for RnR, and if the Sultan of Brunei decides he doesn't want to fork out the running costs of a Bn there then things look dodgy for the Brigade.
In fighting for the benefit of the veterans she may have unwittingly foreshortened the Brigades lifespan.
A hell of a lot more costly to run than just that. Average requirement for MQ's of a normal inf Bn is around 25% of the personnel. For the Gurkhas around 85-90%, then the allowances, the flights back to Nepal or the UK as they get the choice. Then add in the 12 months in trg, the English lessons and the recruiting costs (all of which we do not give to our Commonwealth brethren, we expect them to make their way over for selection and then the same trg as us already able to speak English) and the Gurkha's have priced themselves out of value for money.
Possibly the solution for MOD will be the Nepalese Government stopping recruiting, perhaps with some subtle encouragement from HMG. Cue for MOD and HMG for much hand-wringing and crocodile tears but will provide a solution that will avoid too much venom being directed at the government of the day.